SUFFERING THE SILENCE CHRONIC LYME DISEASE IN AN AGE OF DENIAL

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Suffering The Silence

Author : Allie Cashel
ISBN : 9781583949245
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"Written for those suffering from Lyme disease, especially chronic Lyme, and their families and friends, Suffering the Silence provides a sensitive, human look at the illness and the struggle its patients face in finding recognition and treatment."
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Suffering The Silence

Author : Allie Cashel
ISBN : 9781583949252
Genre : Medical
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Allie Cashel has suffered from chronic Lyme disease for sixteen years—but much of the medical community refuses to recognize her symptoms as the result of infectious disease. In Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme Disease in an Age of Denial, Cashel paints a living portrait of what is often called post-treatment Lyme syndrome, featuring the stories of chronic Lyme patients from around the world and their struggle for recognition and treatment. In the United States alone, at least 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, and it is estimated that 20 percent of them go on to develop chronic symptoms of the disease, including (but not limited to) muscle and joint pain; digestive problems; extreme fatigue, confusion, and dizziness; sensations of burning and numbness; and immune-system dysfunction. Before reaching a final diagnosis, many of these patients are misdiagnosed with diseases and conditions like lupus, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, anxiety, and even dementia. Despite these numbers and routine misdiagnoses, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) claim it is impossible for the Lyme bacteria to survive in the body after standard antibiotic therapy. For these chronic patients who have their suffering routinely dismissed by doctors—and even family and friends—the social effects of the illness can be as crippling as the disease itself. Suffering the Silence is a personal and provocative call to break the stigma and ignorance that currently surrounds chronic Lyme disease and other misunderstood chronic illnesses—but it is also a message of hope and comfort for Lyme sufferers, encouraging them to share their stories, seek out treatment, and remember that they are not alone. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Medical

Lyme Loonies

Author : David Skidmore
ISBN : 9781634179867
Genre : Humor
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Life is either a comedy or tragedy. Lyme Loonies is a little bit of both. In the first cartoon book about Lyme disease, creator David Skidmore captures and illuminates the struggles faced by those with Lyme. The cartoons are a way of expressing hope, humor and revolt at the tug-of-war in which the Lyme community find themselves regarding diagnosis, treatment, education, funding, prevention, public apathy and a cure. Lyme Loonies is a book created in solidarity with those familiar with Lyme disease. You will laugh and maybe even cry, definitely shake your head then most likely smile. Your palm also might hit your face a little too hard a couple times, but a sense of relief will follow knowing that you are not alone. It is a book to share with family, friends and those who are unaware of Lyme, because education and awareness will bring the change we all want, need and deserve. If laughter really is the best medicine, then a daily dose of Lyme Loonies is just what you need.
Category: Humor

Why Can T I Get Better

Author : Richard Horowitz
ISBN : 9781250019400
Genre : Health & Fitness
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A groundbreaking reference about diagnosing Lyme disease and chronic illness traces the heated debate that has prevented patients from obtaining adequate care, outlining the author's plan for identifying and treating chronic illness using methods for promoting best-possible outcomes.
Category: Health & Fitness

The Last Letter

Author : Susan Pogorzelski
ISBN : 0988875136
Genre : Fiction
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Fifteen-year-old Amelia struggles to shape her own identity while a chronic illness threatens to tear her world apart.
Category: Fiction

Mayo Clinic Going Gluten Free

Author : Mayo Clinic
ISBN : 9780848744618
Genre : Health & Fitness
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New from Mayo Clinic-the essential guide to living gluten-free. Whether diagnosed with celiac disease or just deciding if a gluten-free diet is right for you, Mayo Clinic Going Gluten-Free will help you create and maintain a gluten-free lifestyle. Both authoritative and approachable, the book includes core medical information on celiac disease in addition to focusing on practical, everyday issues, such as: --Determining if gluten-free is right for you --Common signs, symptoms and myths of celiac --Dealing with celiac if you are newly diagnosed --Maintaining a gluten-free lifestyle while traveling, during the holidays, on-the-go and at college --Helping your child manage a gluten-free diet --Properly reading and understanding food labels --A few recipes and meals to jumpstart your gluten-free life
Category: Health & Fitness

Medical Medium

Author : Anthony William
ISBN : 9781401948306
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Anthony William, the one and only Medical Medium, has helped tens of thousands of people heal from ailments that have been misdiagnosed or ineffectively treated or that doctors can’t resolve. He’s done this by listening to a divine voice that literally speaks into his ear, telling him what lies at the root of people’s pain or illness and what they need to do to restore their health. His methods achieve spectacular results, even for those who have spent years and many thousands of dollars on all forms of medicine before turning to him. Now, in this revolutionary book, he opens the door to all he has learned in over 25 years of bringing people’s lives back: a massive amount of healing information, much of which science won’t discover for decades, and most of which has never appeared anywhere before. Medical Medium reveals the root causes of diseases and conditions that medical communities either misunderstand or struggle to understand at all. It explores all-natural solutions for dozens of the illnesses that plague us, including Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome, hormonal imbalances, Hashimoto’s disease, multiple sclerosis, depression, neurological conditions, chronic inflammation, autoimmune disease, blood sugar imbalances, colitis and other digestive disorders, and more. It also offers solutions for restoring the soul and spirit after illness has torn at our emotional fabric. Whether you’ve been given a diagnosis you don’t understand, or you have symptoms you don’t know how to name, or someone you love is sick, or you want to care for your own patients better, Medical Medium offers the answers you need. It’s also a guidebook for everyone seeking the secrets to living longer, healthier lives. "The truth about the world, ourselves, life, purpose—it all comes down to healing," Anthony William writes. "And the truth about healing is now in your hands."
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Cure Unknown Revised Edition

Author : Pamela Weintraub
ISBN : 9781250044563
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This book is an investigation into the science, history, and politics of Lyme disease as observed by a journalist whose entire family contracted the illness traces its significant rise and the atypical presentations that have made its diagnosis and treatment difficult. It is a narrative investigation into the science, history, medical politics, and patient experience of Lyme disease told by a science journalist whose entire family contracted the disease. It paints a picture of the intense controversy and crippling uncertainty surrounding Lyme disease and sheds light on one of the angriest medical disputes raging today. The author also reveals her personal odyssey through the land of Lyme after she, her husband and their two sons became seriously ill with the disease beginning in the 1990s. From the microbe causing the infection and the definition of the disease, to the length and type of treatment and the kind of practitioner needed, Lyme is a hotbed of contention. With a CDC estimated 200,000 plus new cases of Lyme disease a year, it has surpassed both AIDS and TB as the fastest-spreading infectious disease in the U.S. Yet alarmingly, in many cases, because the disease often eludes blood tests and not all patients exhibit the classic "bulls-eye" rash and swollen joints, doctors are unable or unwilling to diagnose Lyme. When that happens, once treatable infections become chronic, inexorably disseminating to cause disabling conditions that may never be cured. The book reveals why the Lyme epidemic has been allowed to explode, why patients are dismissed, and what can be done to raise awareness in the medical community and find a cure. A comprehensive book written about the past, present and future of Lyme disease, it exposes the ticking clock of a raging epidemic.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Bite Me

Author : Ally Hilfiger
ISBN : 9781455567072
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Ally was at a breaking point when she woke up in a psych ward at the age of eighteen. She couldn't put a sentence together, let alone take a shower, eat a meal, or pick up a phone. What had gone wrong? In recent years, she had produced a feature film, a popular reality show for a major network, and had acted in an off-Broadway play. But now, Ally was pushed to a psychotic break after struggling since she was seven years old with physical symptoms that no doctor could explain; everything from joint pain, to night sweats, memory loss, nausea, and brain fog. A doctor in the psych ward was finally able to give her the answers her and her family had desperately been searching for, and the diagnosis that all the previous doctors had missed. She learned that she had Lyme disease-and finally had a breakthrough. What she didn't know was that this diagnosis would lead her down some of the most excruciating years of her life before beginning her journey to recovery from eleven years of misdiagnosis and physical pain. She would need to find her courage to heal physically, mentally, and emotionally, and become the survivor she is today. Set against the backdrop of the fast-paced fashion and entertainment industries, BITE ME shares the heartbreaking and hilarious stories that moved Ally forward on her journey from sickness to health. Its themes will be familiar to more than 300,000 Americans diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, many of whom, like Ally, wondered for years what was wrong with them. BITE ME offers readers hope and ideas for how one can transition from victim to survivor, and shares the spiritual principles and actions that have contributed to her wholeness as a human, mother, and international spokesperson against Lyme disease.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Mad In America

Author : Robert Whitaker
ISBN : 9780786723799
Genre : Psychology
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Schizophrenics in the United States currently fare worse than patients in the world's poorest countries. In Mad in America, medical journalist Robert Whitaker argues that modern treatments for the severely mentally ill are just old medicine in new bottles, and that we as a society are deeply deluded about their efficacy. The widespread use of lobotomies in the 1920s and 1930s gave way in the 1950s to electroshock and a wave of new drugs. In what is perhaps Whitaker's most damning revelation, Mad in America examines how drug companies in the 1980s and 1990s skewed their studies to prove that new antipsychotic drugs were more effective than the old, while keeping patients in the dark about dangerous side effects. A haunting, deeply compassionate book—now revised with a new introduction—Mad in America raises important questions about our obligations to the mad, the meaning of “insanity,” and what we value most about the human mind.
Category: Psychology